Sugary Beverages Should Carry Warnings

OOB – Warning Labels
As we are all aware, the most recent WHO report found that Ireland is on course to be the fattest country in Europe by 2030.
Meanwhile, research in the US revealed 40% of children born between 2000 and 2011 would develop type II diabetes in their lifetime. With one in four Irish children now classified as overweight or obese – I believe Ireland could be on course for a similar fate.
Granted, most people know that sugary drinks aren’t good for you, but I believe the vast majority are unaware of the profoundly harmful end results of consuming liquid sugar – which include type II diabetes and other metabolic disorders. In fact, many experts have equated the level of damage to health caused by sugar to that of tobacco.
In the US, the Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Safety Warning Act – which proposed all sugar drinks carry warning labels – was passed in the California State Senate earlier this year. Unfortunately, it subsequently fell short in the State Assembly’s Health Committee, due to heavy lobbying and opposition by the beverage industry. This is despite the fact that 74% of California voters expressed their support for the Bill.
This was a missed opportunity for California as the Bill would have undoubtedly helped to curb skyrocketing diabetes rates in the State. However, the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, have said they are remaining hopeful they will get this act passed next year.
In the interest of the health of this and future generations – I believe we, here in Ireland, should not delay in introducing such a Bill here. It is imperative however, we take a firm stand against the nefarious pressures of the beverage industry.

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